Mumbai: Chris Gayle, whose unbeaten 100 helped his side thrash England in World T20, attributed his sensational knock to strenuous practice and preparation in the run-up to the ICC event. (World T20: Chris Gayle’s Unbeaten Century Blows Away England)
“The preparation has been really good, it’s all about practising and then doing it in the middle,” Gayle said after his ton took Windies to a comprehensive six-wicket win. (World T20: Chris Gayle’s Form Not a Good Sign For Rivals, Says Sunil Gavaskar)
Gayle, who became the only second batsman after recently retired Brendon McCullum to score two T20 International hundreds, said the flat pitch also helped in his knock.
“The pitch was flat and dew played a part as well. After facing the first over I took a while to get back on strike, but Marlon helped ease the pressure. The guys who play the IPL know it’s a good wicket so we knew we always had a chance to chase it down,” he said.
“We wanted to stay ahead of the run-rate, pleased to finish the game and not leave it to anyone else. I was pumped up.
“Before I went out, Sulieman Benn said ‘entertain me’. Hopefully we can move onto Sri Lanka now. Bangalore, my home town. Hopefully I can entertain again. The celebration was all about DJ Bravo and his new song.”
‘Fun Watching Gayle’
Lauding Gayle for his record-breaking hundred, West Indies captain Darren Sammy said, “It’s always fun watching Gayle. We were quite happy at halfway, at no stage did England get away. To restrict them to nine-an-over we were quite happy. Marlon is a big-match player. I had a feeling it would be his day and the way he took control of the Powerplay,” said Sammy.
“It became quite easy. We aware of all that has been said about our team, but we have belief among ourselves in this format. We will go out and try to entertain.”